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Minneapolis police stand outside the department's 3rd Precinct on May 27, 2020, in Minneapolis. America is in the midst of a police officer shortage that many in law enforcement blame on the two-fold morale hit of 2020 — the coronavirus pandemic and criticism of police that boiled over with the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)
May 25, 2022

Biden signs policing order on anniversary of George Floyd’s death

President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday to improve accountability in policing — a meaningful but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd's death.

Investigators work the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 16, 2022

Buffalo gunman aimed to keep killing after supermarket shooting, police say

The white gunman accused of a racist rampage at a Buffalo supermarket planned to keep killing if he had escaped the scene, the police commissioner said.

Mar 14, 2022

Lawsuit: Md. park police exchanged racist, extremist text messages

A Black police officer with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police was subjected to racist and abusive messages sent in a group text with fellow officers, some of whom made references to a “race war” and far-right extremist groups, a new lawsuit claims. The lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, alleges that a […]

Jun 1, 2021

Virginia Military Institute must address institutional racism and sexism, report finds

The Virginia Military Institute has tolerated and failed to address institutional racism and sexism and must be held accountable for making changes, according to a state-sanctioned report released Tuesday.

Nov 12, 2020

Ex-employees sue casino, allege hostile environment, retaliation

Maryland Live! gave short shrift to a casino employee’s claims of being barraged by a loyal customer’s misogynistic and racist slurs and then fired her  — and her co-worker husband – after she threatened to go to the personnel department with her “hostile environment” allegation, the couple alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Nicole […]

Maryland Court of Appeals
Jun 29, 2020

Md. high court suspends lawyers for bigoted emails

Two Maryland lawyers who exchanged racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails for about seven years while working at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have been indefinitely suspended from the practice of law by the state’s top court. A unanimous Court of Appeals said James Markey’s and Charles Hancock’s long-standing, bigoted behavior while serving at the […]

Apr 21, 2020

4th Circuit: ‘Reasonable’ steps block hostile environment claim

A company cannot be held responsible for racist and sexist comments by co-workers so long as it takes steps “reasonably calculated” to stop the hateful banter, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in rejecting a black woman’s effort to hold a Waldorf Best Buy liable after a colleague allegedly used more than just the “N […]

Mar 8, 2018

There are tides

A columnist must write concisely. Concision forced me to omit much from my previous column, in which I discussed the mechanics of white privilege. I got to tell readers privilege can be rolled along from one generation to another, as educational or financial capital, and that, historically, at times when much educational capital has been […]

Nov 18, 2015

Report: Race most significant in Baltimore’s lending disparities

A recent report by a Washington, D.C., advocacy group has confirmed what many organizations that work with low-income families in the city say they’ve already suspected: getting a mortgage in Baltimore isn’t necessarily about one’s credit score, it’s about race. “This report confirms something we have seen but not documented,” said Marceline White, executive director […]

Dec 12, 2014

Holder: U.S. must bridge trust gap between police, residents

The U.S. must work to narrow the gap between law enforcement and some black communities as the nation grapples with fatal incidents involving police officers and unarmed victims, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

Dec 9, 2014

Mom files lawsuit in Md. man’s shooting death

The mother of an unarmed man fatally shot in Maryland last year is suing the Air Force sergeant who killed her son in a racially charged case that set off rallies demanding justice.

Dec 4, 2014

Sharpton calls for march to fix ‘broken system’

Civil-rights leaders called for a national march and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke about how police can avoid confrontations a day after the U.S. Justice Department began investigating the death of a black Staten Island man choked by a white police officer.

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